The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha - Selections

III. Lust and So Forth Repetition Series

303 (1) 
    “Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, five things are to be developed. What five? The perception of unattractiveness, the perception of death, the perception of danger, the perception of the repulsiveness of food, and the perception of non-delight in the entire world. For direct knowledge of lust, these five things are to be developed.”

304 (2) 
    “Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, five things are to be developed. What five? The perception of impermanence, the perception of non-self, the perception of death, the perception of the repulsiveness of food, and the perception of non-delight in the entire world. For direct knowledge of lust, these five things are to be developed.”

305 (3)
    “Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, five things are to be developed. What five? The perception of impermanence, the perception of suffering in what is impermanent, the perception of non-self in what is suffering, the perception of abandoning, and the perception of dispassion. For direct knowledge of lust, these five things are to be developed.”

306 (4) 
    “Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, five things are to be developed. What five? The faculty of faith, the faculty of energy, the faculty of mindfulness, the faculty of concentration, and the faculty of wisdom. For direct knowledge of lust, these five things are to be developed.” [278]

307 (5) 
    “Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, five things are to be developed. What five? The power of faith, the power of energy, the power of mindfulness, the power of concentration, and the power of wisdom. For direct knowledge of lust, these five things are to be developed.”

308 (6)–316 (14) 
    “Bhikkhus, for full understanding of lust … for the utter destruction … for the abandoning … for the destruction … for the vanishing … for the fading away … for the cessation … for the giving up … for the relinquishment of lust, five things are to be developed. What five? The perception of unattractiveness … [all five sets of five as above, down to] … The power of faith, the power of energy, the power of mindfulness, the power of concentration, and the power of wisdom. For the relinquishment of lust, these five things are to be developed.”

317 (15)–1152 (850)
    “Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge … for full understanding … for the utter destruction … for the abandoning … for the destruction … for the vanishing … for the fading away … for the cessation … for the giving up … for the relinquishment of hatred … of delusion … of anger … of hostility … of denigration … of insolence … of envy … of miserliness … of deceitfulness … of craftiness … of obstinacy … of rivalry … of conceit … of arrogance … of intoxication … of heedlessness, five things are to be developed. What five? The perception of unattractiveness … [all five sets of five as above, down to] … The power of faith, the power of energy, the power of mindfulness, the power of concentration, and the power of wisdom. For the relinquishment of heedlessness, these five things are to be developed.”
    This is what the Blessed One said. Elated, those bhikkhus delighted in the Blessed One’s statement.

 

The Book of the Fives is finished.

 

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